Commentary

Players on the verge of records

Updated: October 29, 2009, 2:30 PM ET
By Doug Huff | ESPNRISE.com

Each week, ESPNRISE.com senior editor Doug Huff takes a look at high school football players who may be about to surpass significant state or national records. (Based on games through Oct. 25):

Mark McDonagh
Position:
Wide receiver
School: Riverside-Brookfield (Riverside, Ill.)
What: Needs one reception against Hubbard (Chicago, Ill.) in the Class 6A playoffs to break the national season record. With 153 catches, the 6-foot-1,180-pound senior has broken the state record of 130.
Record: 153, set in 2007 by Jason Bird of Lake Travis (Austin, Texas). Bird's total was not in the latest version of the National Federation record book, leading to reports that McDonagh had already broken the national record.
Notable: Earlier in the season, McDonagh set Illinois records for catches in a game three times, with a best of 25 in a 49-7 win over Elmwood Park (Elmwood Park, Ill.).

Michael Dyer
Position:
Running back
School: Little Rock Christian (Little Rock, Ark.)
What: Rushed for 180 yards and five touchdowns on 21 carries in a 47-14 win over Lakeside (Hot Springs, Ark.) and has a state-record 7,275 yards and 74 rushing TDs in his four-year career.
Old record: 7,122 yards, set in 1996-98 by Vernon Hicks of Elaine.
Notable: Dyer has rushed for 340 and 315 yards in games this season. The four-year regular was the EA SPORTS National Sophomore of the Year in 2007.

Domonique Hayden
Position:
Running back
School: Lexington Christian (Lexington, Ky.)
What: The senior scored two TDs in a 42-0 win over Fairview and broke the state record for career points with 723.
Old record: 722 points, set in 1960-63 by Herbie Phelps of Old Kentucky Home (Bardstown, Ky.).
Notable: Hayden also has set the state record for career TDs with 119. The old mark of 116 was set in 2001-04 by Danville's Kelvin Turner.

Kip Smith
Position:
Kicker
School: Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.)
What: The 24-year-old national field goal distance record might be in jeopardy this season. Smith opened the season, and observers' eyes, when he booted a 67-yarder against Mountain Range (Westminster, Colo.).
Record: 68 yards, set in 1985 by Dirk Borgonone of Reno, Nev.
Notable: Smith's 67-yarder bettered the state mark of 64 yards set in 2001. The University of Minnesota recruit has also kicked field goals of 52 and 51 yards this season and has converted on 9-of-11 attempts.

Zach Hocker
Position:
Kicker
School: Russellville (Russellville, Ark.)
What: With 15 field goals in eight games, Hocker could threaten the national season standard.
Record: 22, shared by three players including Jimmy Stevens of Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, Okla.), the current University of Oklahoma kicker.
Notable: Hocker, a senior, kicked a 38-yard field goal in last week's 16-6 win over Little Rock Catholic (Little Rock, Ark.).

Michael Holmes
Position:
Running back
School: Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.)
What: The junior has rushed for 2,170 yards in eight games. If he maintains his average of 271.3 yards in the two remaining regular-season games plus a deep playoff run, he could threaten the state season rushing standard.
Record: 3,319 yards, set in 1994 by Thomas Jones of Powell Valley (Big Stone Gap, Va.).
Notable: Holmes rushed for 413 yards and a state-record-tying eight TDs in the first half against Lee (Staunton, Va.) this season.

Jared Toney
Position:
Running Back
School: Alcoa (Alcoa, Tenn.)
What: With 34 touchdowns in nine games for the unbeaten Tornadoes, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior is threatening the state record. He has one regular-season game left plus the playoffs for the state's top-ranked Class 3A team.
Record: 48, set by Kelcey Williams of Humboldt in 1995 and Ralph King of Murfreesboro Riverdale in 2000.
Notable: Earlier in the season, Toney scored six touchdowns in a 41-24 victory over Maryville, the state's winningest program the last decade and currently ranked No. 2 in Class 6A.

Kyle Smith
Position:
Quarterback
School: Lancaster Catholic (Lancaster, Pa.)
What: The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior threw for five scores in a 48-0 homecoming win over Columbia, tying the state record for career TD passes.
Record: 94, set in 2003-05 by Pat Bostick of Manheim Township (Manheim, Pa.).
Notable: Smith could break the record Friday at Annville-Cleona. Last season, he passed for 43 TDs and 3,192 yards.

Scotty Young
Position:
Quarterback
School: Ryan (Denton, Texas)
What: With 35 touchdown passes in eight games, Young could threaten the state standard for TD passes in a season.
Record: 67, set in 2003 by Graham Harrell of Ennis.
Notable: Young completed his first 16 passes in a 56-14 win over Wichita Falls and finished 31-of-43 for 379 yards and six TDs in three quarters. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior passed for a state-best 65 touchdowns as a first year starter in 2008. He's bound for Texas Tech.

Doug Huff covers high school sports for ESPNRISE.com. He is considered the founder of the National Federation of State High School Association's National High School Record Book.